We have 2 children attending Winograd. We have been part of the Winograd community for seven years. It is an extremely positive environment. The school is a modern 21st Century building. It is led by a strong, experienced principal. The teachers follow her lead and are dedicated professionals who strive for exceptionalism. The student body is diverse, racially and socio-economically, yet the school test scores are routinely the tops in the district and sometime the entire county. Staff uses the motto of COURAGE to teach positive values. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities. We cannot say enough great things about Winograd.
Both of my daughters go to this school (5th and 7th grade). They love it so much. The teachers and administrative staff truly care about the kids and it shows in a big way. I have not seen or heard of any bullying. I know that respect is the core of their student ideology and you can see it for yourselves in the way the students treat others. The school is secure. You have to be buzzed in during regular school hours, so there is less risk for the students attending. Winograd's athletic and music choices are fantastic. Choir, Band, Orchestra, Volley Ball, Basket Ball, Swimming, Cross Country. this list goes on. I don't think you could find a better school in, or near, District 6. See it for yourselves.
This is by far the best middle school in Greeley! The teachers and administration are so committed to students from all socio-economic backgrounds. This is the true model of diversity in action. My child is in gifted and talented and more challenged in math and language arts than our past two children who attended a so called "advanced charter" in Greeley. You want safety, creativity, flexibility, communication and challenge for your child-this is it! My children come home everyday excited and exhausted-couldn't ask for more! Not a school for your typical "soccer mom" crowd. The parents I meet are committed hard working folk. Check out the recent test scores in middle school in math, reading, writing and science-the best in Weld County! The athletic programs, after school programs and school atmosphere are so engaging for both our daughters. If I had ten more children I would send them all to Winograd!
My daughter attended this school from K-2nd grade. It was an awful experience for my family. Although I felt that some of the teachers were well-rounded as far as personality and ability go, there was a strange attitude coming from some of the others. Some of the teachers were plainly difficult to get along with. There was clearly favoritism going on from Kindergarten right on up to Second grade. Students that were more aggressive were called upon more often and were rewarded for their outspoken behavior. If you have a more timid child, I would consider other options. My child was shy and her self esteem plummeted and worsened with each day that she attended this school. Eventually she didn't want to go to school at all and she and I would be in tears frequently. She is in a school now where the teachers and the staff are more positive in their approach and are meant to work with children. The opposite effect has occurred there. She is getting special group help that she wasn't at this school and I feel that the people there really care about her. I don't want to discount the really nice people who work at this school. There are a few.
The administration at this school is rude and uncaring. Teachers and admin have no idea how to work with students that have disabilities or to differentiate instruction to accommodate their needs. They also do nothing about bullying. We took him out after a year. The K-8 concept is tempting but stay away from this school!
My son was a student here from 6th grade through 8th grade. He was encouraged to join activities and the majority of the teachers were outstanding. The principal and other staff are also excellant! My concerns were addressed immediately and overall my son felt respected and challanged. I will send my younger son there for middle school as well.
My son has attended this school since 4th grade. I moved him from a traditional elementary school (with high reviews) because most of time there was spent on preparing the kids for CSAP testing. My son had delays and I felt like they were upset he was pulling their scores down. Winograd has always worked with him at his level and provided support where needed. He now has a 3.8 GPA. I have found it to be important to stay in contact with his teachers. We do this via e-mail and it has been extremely helpful. I do this to clarify homework and to let them know if he is struggling with something, etc. They have even called me when they were impressed by a presentation or project! My child has experienced some bullying. I think this happens at every school. While they say they have a no tolerance policy, I think their hands are also tied due to district policies. I took matters "into my own hands" on a couple of occasions and the problems stopped. Winograd has been a much better option than a traditional middle school for us.
I am currently a student in seventh grade and I have seen on multiple cases of desrespect and sudents talking back to the teachers. The princible is horrible an d I believe she needs to be replaced and this is not because only I want her gone, she is very irisplonsible and treats her students as if we are all kindergarteners. And she is constantly accusing us of things we did not do. We need more discipline and better education. This no child left beyond thing is completely bogus! If one child can't learn then they need to be left behind to be helped on their own. The whole class shouldn't have to be dragged back just cause one kid isn't paying attention let them figure it out.
My child attended Middle school at Winograd and I was unimpressed with the curriculum and how the teachers would go about implementing class lessons. Homework assignments were unclear and left us working on them for hours trying to figure out what the teacher wanted. Bullying was a huge problem for my child and nothing every got resolved. I saw firsthand students being disrespectful to staff and nothing happening to the students. This school claims to have a no tolerence policy for violence but yet when a fight amongst students happend, the instigator only got a day of in school suspension. Luckily my child got into another school, because it is pretty sad when your child doesn't want to go to school to avoid a bully.
Both of my children attend this school, and my husband & I both feel it is outstanding. The school acountability report shows overall academic performance to be 'Average' with the academic growth of students at 'Stable' for the 2006-2007 school year. But we honestly feel our children get a MUCH better education here than they did in their private school when we lived in another town. I have open-enrolled my children here because of the relatively small class size; the amazing, well-qualified teaching staff; and the new books and equipment in the classrooms. I spend a lot of time helping in the classrooms as a parent and I cannot say enough good things about this school. The administrators at this school are also very dedicated and are seen regularly in the halls and on the grounds. We feel so fortunate to have found this wonderful learning environment!